Blood Orange Vodka Cocktail

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PREP TIME 5 min

Cocktail Type

Spritz

Great for

Winter

Difficulty

Easy

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Our Blood Orange Vodka Cocktail recipe is easy to whip up at the drop of a hat, with no fancy mixing techniques involved, nor hard-to-come-by ingredients. During the winter, blood oranges are in season, so making a Blood Orange Vodka Cocktail should be at the top of your list for bringing some cheer when the temperature drops. Tangy cocktails with blood orange juice feel like a first-class upgrade from classic OJ and its pretty crimson color instantly ups the wow factor. Get muddling with this quick and simple recipe your dinner party guests will adore.

 

QUICK TIPS

01

For a fantastic mocktail, just ditch the vodka and Grand Marnier and top it up with a little sparkling water.

02

For a really classy way to elevate this lux drink is with a gorgeous and fragrant sprig of rosemary

03

The simplest blood orange garnish is a thin slice of the orange tucked into the side of the glass

INGREDIENTS

MAKE FOR

1 Person

1.5 Oz

45 Ml

1.5 Parts

3
blood orange juice, freshly squeezed
0.5
lemon or lime juice
1
teaspoon simple syrup or maple syrup
a dash of orange bitters
to garnish, a slice of blood orange
ice

INSTRUCTIONS

01

Take a handful of ice and add to your mason jar or shaker. 

 

02

Pour all your ingredients over the ice

03

Cover and shake for 30 seconds, or until well chilled

04

Strain and pour into Collins or high ball glass, filled with a handful of ice

05

Garnish with a thin slice of orange, tucked down the side of the glass, and enjoy!

How to make the best Blood Orange Vodka cocktail

Our Blood Orange Vodka Cocktail recipe is a lux version of the Screwdriver (OJ and vodka), blending fresh juice with a decent vodka like SKYY. For extra zest, why not try it with SKYY’s Blood Orange infused Vodka? To finish the cocktail, add a dash of orange liqueur — something fabulous like Grand Marnier, which is a wickedly delicious blend of fine cognac and bitter orange – and, for extra tang, add a little freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice and a splash of bitters. This cocktail is big on citrus flavors, so balance the tang with a little simple syrup, if you like.

If you are using store-bought juice, make sure you choose pure orange juice that’s made with 100% blood oranges for the best results. If you are juicing at home, one blood orange yields about 3 oz, a perfect amount for one cocktail. If you fall in love with this tangy flavor and are looking for other cocktails with blood orange juice, just swap out regular OJ in any of our Orange Juice Cocktails or try our Blood Orange Margarita cocktail. Olé!

How to garnish the Blood Orange Vodka cocktail

  • If you have blood oranges to spare, the simplest garnish for this bold crimson-colored drink is a thin slice of orange tucked into the side of the glass
  • A really classy way to elevate this sumptuous drink is with a fragrant sprig of rosemary
  • For funky ice cubes, freeze sprigs of rosemary in your ice cube trays with water, which makes a beautiful garnish along with your thin slice of orange
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Citrus based cocktails are so simple to make if you follow the simple rule of using a ratio of 1 part vodka or spirit to 2 parts juice. Depending on your taste, play around with this mix depending on how strong like your drink. Remember, the best cocktails will be the ones made with freshly squeezed juice — it renders the sweetest drink, but don’t fret if you only have store bought, just pick one that’s 100% pure juice and add some fresh herbs for extra flavor. Topping up with a little sparkling or soda water is also a good addition to citrus cocktails if you prefer a lighter drink.

If you are wondering what to mix with blood orange vodka, try mixing it with other tangy juices like cranberry or apple juice. Obviously mixing it with orange or blood orange juice is sublime too. It also makes fabulous spritzers - just top it up with soda water and change it up with a dash of juice at hand. Peruse some cocktail ideas for more tantalizing inspo.